Paul McCartney tells Bob Mortimer the story behind ‘Rocky Raccoon’

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The 1968 song inspired by a “troubled doctor” after Maca “Smashed” [his] Lips”

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Paul McCartney recounts the story behind The Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon” during a conversation with Bob Mortimer – you can watch the video below.

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The conversation between McCartney and comedian Mortimer comes in the form of a teaser for an upcoming biography of the former Song: 1956 To The PresentWhich is ready for release on November 2.

It will tell the life of the great musician through his early boyhood compositions, songs by The Beatles, Wings, and his long solo career.


Coming out today (22 September), the one-minute trailer for the book sees Macaw talking to Mortimer at the British Library in London – where he tells “the story of the story”. ‘Rocky Raccoon’“.

There is a verse in the 1968 track: “Now Doctor Jin smelled / And lay on the table / He said, ‘Rocky, you met your match’ / And Rocky said, ‘ Doctor, it’s only a bruise / And I’ll get better, I’ll get better Will, doctor, as soon as I’m able“.

“I rode a little moped to see my cousin Betty,” recalled McCartney. “It was a moonlit night… I said, ‘Whoa, look at that moon!’ When I look back, the bicycle is now [on its side] And there is no way to get it back. So I’m hitting that pavement. “

Maca explained that he “broke up”. [his] lips” and bleeding from the accident, his cousin then called a doctor.

“I think it was around Christmas time… well, that” [the doctor] Was annoyed,” he continued. “He said, [slurring] ‘I think you need some stitches’.


McCartney asked to be given an anesthetic, but the doctor only had a needle and thread. “And he’s trying to thread the needle, but he can’t see it,” she said. “So Betty takes it off and she threads it.”

The teaser comes as McCartney announces a special signed edition today lyrics of song, which is limited to only 175 numbered copies. This edition also includes a special print of a lyric sheet – you can find out more Here.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney is set to talk about the book during a special event at London’s Southbank Center on November 5.

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